As It Happened: IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 | Day 7

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Welcome to the live updates of the World Athletics Championships Day 7.

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We are a few minutes away from our first race of this evening session in London.

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First let me brief you of what you should expect here.

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Tonight we are going to witness quite many Ugandans in action.

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UGANDA’s Mercyline Chelangat (heat 1) and Stella Chesang (heat 2) will run the Women’s 5000m tonight at 8:30pm and 8:56pm.

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UGANDA’s Winnie Nanyondo (heat 1), Halima Nakaayi (heat 4), Dorcus Ojok (heat 5) also run the women’s 800m tonight at 9:25pm, 9:52pm, 10:01pm

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UGANDA’s Ronald Musagala will also be in action tonight as well. He will run in heat 2 of the men’s 1500m at 10:37pm.

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Beware, it is all local Uganda time listed right there.

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So its Uganda’s Mercyline Chelangat in lane one. She won a medal at the world juniors last year.

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And we are underway. Mercyline in heat one.

She’s dropping in the first lap.

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The pace is gradually increasing as we get into the fourth lap.

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Chelangat now running in the outside of the pack. Three laps to go. Still among the leaders.

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Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana is the biggest threat here. Britain’s Laura Muir also another.

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Chelangat now close to trailing. She is second last. She’s gradually breaking away from the pack.

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Uganda’s Chelangat still second last. As the pace is stepped up by the Ethiopians.

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Kenyan Osando is currently leading the pack. Ayana of Ethiopia second. Can of Turkey third.

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Two laps to go right now.

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The group has already been split. We have two packs now. Chelangat in the last one now.

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Ayana now takes the lead. Obiri of Kenya second in the final lap.

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And in the final stretch, Ayana finishes second, Obiri first after a brilliant run.

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Ethiopian Teferi finishes third.

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Uganda’s Mercyline Chelangat finishes 12th posting 15:16:75 in the women’s 5000m heat one. key

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Chelangat fails to qualify for the women’s 5000m finals. key

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KEN’s Hellen Osando, ETH’s Almaz Ayana, ETH’s Senbere Teferi, Susan Krumins, USA’s Shannon Rowbury qualify for the finals of the Women’s 5000m from heat one.

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We head for heat two now.

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Heat two will have Uganda’s Stella Chesang running in lane 13.

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It’s still the Women’s 5000m heats.

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And we are underway for the second heat. 5000m women.

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Uganda’s Stella Chesang currently close to the leaders of the pack. She’s literally booking her place.

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Chesang though has started dropping. Oh. She increases her pace. Then drops again.

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We are still under 3 minutes and levels are already being made on the orange track.

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Chesang is currently in the middle of all running athletes on the track.

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Oh my. Chesang completely drops to last place. Though she’s picking up pace nevertheless.

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Again. Chesang rises to the middle of the pack. She’s saving and evenly distributing her energy.

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USA’s Molly Huddle has gained a great advantage. She’s about 70m ahead of the rest.

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Huddle is solely comfortable upfront. She’s literally in her own world.

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Chesang is now very very close. She’s 6th.

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Chesang now seems to be exhausted. She drops again. Saving energy? Results will tell.

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3 laps to go.

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Huddle still in the lead.

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We have now covered 4000m. Chesang is now gritting teeth. The pace is now another level.

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Chesang has now launched an onslaught. She wants to cover up the lost minutes.

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Into the final lap.

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Molly Huddle now literally sprinting!

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Oh my! Jesus Christ! Molly Huddle overtaken 50m away from the tape.

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Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey wins the race posting 14:59:34.

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Molly finished 7th after leading from the start. She has luckily qualified as the fastest loser.

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Uganda’s Stella Chesang finishes 11th, posting 15:23:02 in the women’s 5000m heat two. key

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Chesang fails to qualify for the finals of the women’s 5000m. key

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UP NEXT: Women’s 800m | UGANDA’s Winnie Nanyondo runs next in heat 1 in lane 8.

Halima Nakaayi will follow in heat 4 then Dorcus Ojok will hit the track in heat 5

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Winnie Nanyondo is a commonwealth bronze medalist hailing from the Pearl of Africa, Uganda

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And we are underway.

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Winnie Nanyondo has cut across from wide.

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Nanyondo is currently second. As we head for the final lap.

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The pace is way up right now.

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It’s the final stretch and Nanyondo has drastically dropped.

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Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo finishes in 5th, posting 2:02:65 in the women’s 800m heat one. key

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USA’s Ajee Wilson won the race, posting 2:00:52. Ethiopia’s Noelie Yagiro made second. Egle Balciunaite third. Netherlands’ Sanne Verstegen fourth.

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We currently wait for the next heats to gauge whether Winnie Nanyondo will qualify.

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UP NEXT: Uganda’s Halima Nakaayi will run in heat 4. She will be in lane 7.

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Uganda’s Dorcus Ojok will come in later in heat 5. She will be in lane 7 as well.

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Get prepared. Halima Nakaayi next after Caster Semenya doing the usual. She has won heat 3 of the women’s 800m.

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And we are underway for heat 4. 800m Women.

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Halima Nakayi in the lead right now!

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The pace is rising! And the bell rings. Nakayi now in fourth.

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Its the final lap.

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Nakayi powering for a good finish.

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Woooooooooowwwwww!!!!!! Nakayi sprints in the final stretch.

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Uganda’s Nakayi finishes 3rd to qualify for the semi finals of the women’s 800m. key

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Nakayi from almost last overtook several in a sensational sprint. She finished 3rd to make it to the next stage. What a race!

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Nakayi posted 2:01:80. Up next will be Uganda’s Dorcus Ajok in lane 7. key

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And we are underway for heat 5! Women’s 800m.

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Ajok now powering up as well. She’s third now.

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Ajok looks comfortable in her yellow jersey. She’s now running faster. Still third.

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Uganda’s Dorcus Ajok comfortably finishes 3rd to qualify for the semi finals of the women’s 800m. key

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Dorcus Ajok has posted 2:02:85.

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Well done team Uganda. Impressive performances from Halima Nakaayi and Dorcus Ajok. They qualify for the women’s 800m semi finals. key

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Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo fails to make the cut in the next 6 fastest therefore doesn’t earn an appearance in the semi finals of the women’s 800m. key

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Uganda’s Halima Nakayi in action. She finished 3rd to qualify for the semi finals.

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UP NEXT: Heat one of the men’s 1500m.

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Ronald Musagala will run in heat 2 of the men’s 1500m. Get ready!

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Musagala is in lane 9.

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And we are underway. Heat 2. Musagala the Ugandan in this race.

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Musagala currently in 6th place. They are racing round for one more time.

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Musagala is in the middle. Running at a steady pace.

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Musagala is in 6th. The commentator says “he’s really good.”

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Musagala now finding ground. Fighting for space. The bell rings.

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Its sprinting time now.

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He’s on the outside. There is someone who stumbles in the middle, gets in contact with the Ugandan. Musagala’s speed reduced. He however finishes fourth.

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Uganda’s Ronald Musagala qualifies for men’s 1500m semi finals after posting 3:24:75 key

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Musagala finished fourth in heat 2.

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Thank you for following! Congratulations to all Ugandans that have qualified. Keep logged on for more tomorrow! Kwaheri.